STOP Clearcutting California's Future
The Battle Creek Alliance is dedicated to protecting the public trust resources of water, air, soil and wildlife, protecting diversity and raising public awareness through education.
It just doesn't make any sense to continue clearcutting the watersheds of California during ongoing drought and climate change.
Yet, the timber industry and the regulatory agencies continue on this deadly path, with no questions asked about the damage to the natural world which supports all life.
There are a number of companies clearcutting in California. Our focus is the Battle Creek watershed, just west of Lassen Park in Shasta and Tehama Counties, although we also work on stopping clearcutting throughout the state. Battle Creek watershed is one example of the many watersheds that are being irreversibly impacted.
"What you destroy today, you might regret tomorrow" Dave Pirner, Soul Asylum
"Better to not destroy it, and have no regrets"
Battle Creek Alliance
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Water + Air + Soil + Climate = LIFE
Clearcutting Impacts Them All
A clearcut up close. Multiply this by hundreds or thousands when looking at the aerial images.
Battle Creek in the news:
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Our 2 min. video for Free Speech TV 2015 here
Analysis of our Water Monitoring Data by statistical hydrologist Jack Lewis, Sept. 2014 here
This report concluded:
The average change in turbidity for a watershed that
has been 30% cut is +200% and, for a watershed that has been 90% cut it is 3000%. These changes, which are
far in excess of the Water Board's Turbidity Standard for the Central Valley region (see Addendum), are
unlikely to have been caused by factors other than harvesting, fire, salvage logging, and associated road use.
Photos of plants and animals in areas which have not been impacted by clearcutting/salvage logging, 2014
Video: Fire Ecologist Discussion
2 min. video to Board of Forestry, June, 2013
White Paper: Intro to Clearcutting May, 2013
Derrick Jensen interview March, 2013
Forests Born of Fire video Feb. 2013
Op-ed, Rural Fire Tax & Lumber Tax, January, 2013
Video: Occupy the Board of Forestry
Hydrologist Report 7/12
Taxpayers Carry $18 million for Timber Industry
Sacramento Bee: Troubled Waters of Battle Creek
Bee Editorial: Governor Needs to Keep Pledge
Courtesy of Jesse Springer, springercreative.com
The next satellite image shows the same area in 2012.
The aerial image below shows what the Battle Creek watershed west of Lassen Volcanic Nat'l Park looked like in the late 90s, before the start of the excessive clearcutting that began in 1998.
Each brown hole is a clearcut of between 14 and 27 acres.
Highway 44 on the north and Highway 36 on the south are the approximate boundaries of the Battle Creek watershed.
The image above shows nearly 20,000 acres of
clearcuts from 16 different timber harvest plans in the Manton and Shingletown area, and additional clearcuts in the surrounding watersheds.
In August 2012, the Ponderosa Fire burned much of the industrial timberland and the homes that were on the edge of it. The image below shows the fire boundary, the previously cut units, and the in-process and proposed units.
Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) owns this land as well as nearly 2
million acres of the industrial timberland in the state. SPI
has already cut, or has plans to cut, the majority of those acres. There are other companies clearcutting too.
By law, the cumulative impacts of interrelated, adjacent projects must be analyzed. Yet, by subdividing the watershed into 9 "subwatersheds" each of the 16 timber harvest plans has been evaluated as if it were the only project.
This is illegal as well as ecologically disastrous.
SPI's self-expressed plans are to return in 5 to 10 years to cut the biodiverse forests that remain between the clearcuts, and turn them into more monoculture tree plantations. This is being allowed to happen in watersheds throughout California.
Go to our "What you can do" page to contact Governor Jerry Brown and Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird about this destruction.
In the aftermath of the Ponderosa fire, the land has been further decimated by salvage logging:
The following image shows a creek during a rainstorm above the salvage logging in March, 2013 (as of 2015 these impacts continue):
The following image is a creek below the salvage logging on the same day in the same storm:
Battle Creek is one of the largest tributaries of the Sacramento River and one of the few places left for wild run salmon.
The Chinook Salmon population has been declining rapidly. The $125 millon Salmon Restoration Project is downstream of the pictured clearcuts. Lassen National Forest and Park are just east of here.
To view a scrollable map of the clear cutting throughout the Sierra Nevada range go to: www.sierraforest.org
See more Google Earth images on our
Google images page
Deforestation is a major cause of climate disruption. The US has lost a higher percentage of its forest cover than either Canada or Brazil.